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uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:09am
Here are my NAMM pictures from Thursday. I spent most of my time playing the mandolins and jamming with Peter Mix at the Rigel booth. NAMM is noisy so you can't always judge the true tone of the instrument. I noticed a Larivee thread so I'll show that one first.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:12am
My second stop was at the Michael Kelly booth. This one caught my eye as well as a nice looking mandocello and mandola.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:15am
My next stop was the Weber booth. I spent more time there because they had some nice stuff and were very congenial.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:16am
This one sounded especially nice, very good projection with lots of midrange pop.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:17am
I like the contours on the body and pickguard of this one.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:19am
I had one of my best NAMM experiences hanging out at the Rigel booth, and I've been going to NAMM for 25 years now. Peter Mix is a great guy.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:21am
Check out the right hand.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:22am
This one with the spider motif had great tone. I believe it's a G style.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:23am
The back

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:24am
Another Rigel

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:26am
Rigel with purple sunburst, the digital camera doesn't quite capture the depth of the color.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:29am
Just around the corner were these Breedloves. If I were looking for a no frills mandolin this would be my first choice. They feel and sound wonderful.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:32am
Collings MF5 Deluxe V, list price $12,900. This is a nice sounding instrument with a varnish finish.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:33am
Here's a closer view.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:34am
Here is the National Resonator mandolin.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:36am
Fender electric bouzouki

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:38am
Some cool electric guitars

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:39am
not mandolins but I couldn't resist

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:40am
one more

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:45am
Here is some interesting looking Eastman stuff. Not much of a NAMM presence. No one there and half of the stuff wasn't tuned up or even accessable to play. Kind of disappointing.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:46am
another angle

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:48am

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:49am

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:49am

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:50am

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:52am
What the f*/!?

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:53am
A lovely Korean import with special crackle finish.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 1:55am
A hand carved work of art for the mandolinist who wants to play Smoke on the Water.

Jan-22-2005, 2:25am
thanks uncle ken !
#i will visit NAMM sunday afternoon and bring my camera too. #looking forward to the weber, rigel, breedlove and gibson booths. #Michael kelly mandola? Hmmmm... of course the larivee is a must stop too #(just to check out the ukes! #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif )

Jan-22-2005, 2:44am
Fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing these, it's nice to see what's coming up. It looks like 2005 will be the year of the 2-pointer http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jan-22-2005, 3:42am
Those Lyon and Healy-esque (or is it D'Angelico?) Eastmans look very interesting.

James Elton Stevens
Jan-22-2005, 7:04am
I have a MK Legacy O in antique tobacco finish. Great price for a pretty good package all around. Thats a good picture of MK round hole. I always liked the F-4 look.

I am still experimenting with string brands and guages. I've liked medium gauge so far. Using Martin bluegrassers now and I will be glad when it is time to change.

Thanks for the great pictures.


Skip Kelley
Jan-22-2005, 9:55am
Thanks for the pics!!

Jan-22-2005, 10:13am
Wow! How cool! Thanks for the pictures, looked like a great time!

Jan-22-2005, 11:14am
Wow what a great picture gallery. How did the new Varnished Collings stack up? I bet it's incredible.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 12:18pm
Here is the MK octave mandolin. I mentioned that it was a mandocello but I believe this is just a tiny bit smaller.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 12:20pm
Here is the mandola.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 12:32pm
Weber also had a big guy.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 12:36pm
I find it amazing what some companys will put on display. You can tell whether they are serious or not by if they bother to tune the instruments.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 12:37pm
This Fender F sounded amazingly good.

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 12:38pm
can't resist another one of these

Jan-22-2005, 1:04pm
Fantastic pictures, thank you. I was particularly happy you got the national mando in there. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Jan-22-2005, 1:15pm
Thanks for the photos. I've got a Weber Bighorn 2 point like the one pictured, and it's great. Can't wait to find out more about the Eastman 2 point offset.....

Keith Wallen
Jan-22-2005, 2:47pm
Thanks for taking the time to post these Uncle Ken!

Jan-22-2005, 5:26pm
I think I'm in love w/ that salmon 2 pt. that Peter is holding ... show mando only or for production ?

uncle ken
Jan-22-2005, 6:46pm
He called it the Jethrine model so I guess it's something new. It was designed to appeal to a woman but that wouldn't keep me from it.

Bill Snyder
Jan-22-2005, 10:08pm
Here (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=4;t=15425;hl=jethrine) is a thread from last May about the Jethrine. It is actually mentioned in three or four other threads also.

Jan-22-2005, 11:09pm
Did anyone get a chance to play the Michael Kelly mandola? If so, what was the verdict?

Jan-23-2005, 1:28am
Who made the "Smoke on the Water" electric?

uncle ken
Jan-23-2005, 4:54pm
Here (http://members.tripod.com/degennarocustoms/index.htm) is their web site.

Jan-24-2005, 12:52am
I still have to wonder : how many acres/Hectares of tropical forest hang on the walls of all of the many Guitar festooned superstores? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Jan-24-2005, 3:12am
Just as the show closed, Radim Zenkel and Antonio Resuscutti were jamming away.

Jan-24-2005, 3:14am
Radim on a Cepek , antonio on an Ibenez. the gent in the grey sweater in the foreground was laying down a guitar groove.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 9:55am
Eric & Ken, you do a better job of taking pictures than me, but I'll add mine, anyway...

An innovative design from Colorado Luthier Brian Heflen at RC designs.


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 9:56am
Close up:

Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 9:57am
Our own Karen Cannon of Art Strings Publishing.


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 9:58am
A wonderful surprise, Bruce Weber & Crew with a slew of new models, including this dainty little prototype, the Mustang:


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 9:59am
These were a gas to play; the pictures don’t do the Herringbone inlay justice..


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:00am
Had to visit my old friend Michael Lewis at the Luthier’s Consortium offsite. Couldn’t leave without playing a few tunes, but playing “Love Potion #9” in a jazz jam was a first for me…


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:04am
This was a delightful departure. Can’t tell you how much, other than Michael said I couldn’t afford it.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:05am
A testament to the wood choosing skills of the Lewis craft:


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:06am
Loved the black, although, I understand from Michael, I can’t afford it.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:08am
One of my personal favorite Lewis embellishments is his Dalmation tortoise shell.


(Just wish I could afford it.)

Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:09am
Always on top of an edgy F5, this beaut was no exception. Of course, they play as good as they look. Don’t ask how much, though, I was told I can’t afford it.


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:10am
Warning, blatant Rigel worship ahead!
The genius behind Rigel, #Pete Langdell. What a pleasure to meet him in person.


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:11am
Just when you thought you couldn’t do anything more with an A+ Deluxe…
A “Premium!”

Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:11am
The Jethrine has been shown before, but get a load of the inlay. I think she may have found a home after this show, though.


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:12am
An interesting “spin” on a G-5, the Spider (pun intended):


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:13am
Closer look at the scroll:


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:14am
And the G-5 Back:


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:15am
Now, a flourish of blatant self promotion, a couple Gypsy Q-95 sisters, and a “twin” to my own personal G5:


Ted Eschliman
Jan-24-2005, 10:16am
Being the Ovation fan, I had to post this one. I just wish they did a mandolin with this pattern!


Jan-25-2005, 10:53am

What's this? #An Eastman two-pointer? #Anyone know any details (as their website has none)?

Jan-26-2005, 12:44pm
i was disappointed at the Ovation booth, i wanted to fondle a MM68. #but they didn't seen to have one. #they did have a MAE168 but i didn't like the neck on that, too thick and a narrow fingerboard. #i have an ovation guitar (model 1121 from the early 70s) that i enjoy, so i was kind of hoping their mando would be nice too.

Jan-26-2005, 1:20pm
I like that Rigel Jethrine model. #Doesn't appear on the website yet.#The points on the symetrical one's shown on their website are too diminutive (as are Eastman's), like they'd atrophied. The points on the Jethrine are properly pronounced. #I want one, but I probably can't afford it.
Great photos guys, thanks!!

Jan-26-2005, 1:48pm
thanks so much fellows. great pics. I won't sleep for a week now. dreaming of mando heaven. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jan-27-2005, 10:57am
Hi everybody,
I just wanted to shed some light on what happened to us at Eastman and the reason why some people were greeted with untuned instruments at our booth.

Our good friends at Yellow Trucking lost our entire shipment of guitars and mandolins en route to the show. This meant that we had to scramble around to find instruments wherever and however we could. The replacement instruments finally arrived just after the show opened on Thursday morning and I tried to replace strings and tune between appointments and enquiries. This of course is not the way we would have planned to display but sometimes you have to play with the cards you are dealt. Nevertheless we were able to show off one of our new mandolas and a couple of the new L&H style two pointers. The two pointers will be shipping around May/June, they sounded incredible. The mandocello never made it so we will all have to wait to see that one.
If anyone should happen to see a large wooden pallette loaded with cardboard boxes sitting on the side of the road somewhere it might be in your interest to check it out.
I will post some pics from the show as soon as I can. I really loved that National Steel Mando, it looks really ugly but it sounds like a dream.
Talk to you all soon,

Jan-27-2005, 11:08am
I won't sleep for a week thinking about that missing pallette by the side of the road!
All that and a 102 degree fever to boot. Hope you're feeling better, Gordon!
So tell me, does that L&H style 2-pointer come with X-bracing ot tone bars? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Jan-27-2005, 10:26pm

Could you post a description/pics/suggested retail price of the mandola models?


Jan-27-2005, 10:56pm
I think that National Resophonic mandolin is really quite beautiful. I'm really hoping my local National dealer gets one in so I can get a chance to see it close up.

Jan-28-2005, 9:27am
Nevertheless we were able to show off one of our new mandolas and a couple of the new L&H style two pointers. The two pointers will be shipping around May/June, they sounded incredible.
Tough luck on the vanished shipment (which highway might we find that pallet sitting next to?), but what can you say about the two-pointer? There's nothing on the website.

Gene Rankin

Jan-31-2005, 8:51am

Here's a pic of the new two pointer (this is the prototype), thought you might enjoy it. You can stop looking for the lost pallette now, it turned up and was delivered to our Pomona, CA office and the nice guys at Yellow trucking told us that we were not going to be charged for the freight. Gotta like that.

Lane Pryce
Jan-31-2005, 9:11am
Gordon thats a killer two point.I rather like the block inlay.Does it have a radiused fretboard and when will it be available? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif Lp